Coca Cola Chili

by Barry Lewis

Prep time
10 mins
Cook time
25 mins


1tbsp Olive Oil

1 large onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, chopped fine

2tsp ground cumin

1tsp smoked paprika

1 tin (400g) chopped tomatoes

300ml coca cola

2x 400g tins mixed beans, drained

To serve

Plain rice, cooked to package instructions


Sour Cream

Fresh coriander, chopped

Grated cheese (if you are Chloe)

Barry’s optional bonus 100ml coca cola for a syrup (see method)

The Coca-Cola cookbook was very kindly sent to me recently, I think it’s quite fun to try out different recipe books and see what they are like, as you’ll see I was quite limited with my options due to recent videos – such as teriyaki chicken or french onion soup, but I wanted something quirky to try and a Coca-Cola infused chili which could easily have meat added for those that wish truly stood out and what a lovely little thing it was to try too! Find out how it’s made and what I think, then maybe try for yourself!

How to make a Coca Cola Chili

Alright so I’ve added a cheeky little bonus to this recipe as I type. This is only to increase the coca cola ness (is that even a word?!) and also the sweetness, so I’d only do this if you make it a little more intense with the cumin and paprika.

Anyhow, heat the oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat cook the onion for a good 5 minutes, stirring often until just starting to brown, add in the paprika, cumin and the garlic, cooking for a further 2 minutes to stain the onion is the spices and lightly cook the garlic. Add in the tomatoes and the coca cola, stir and simmer uncovered for 20 minutes. After that add in the drained beans and cook for 5 minutes gently, just to warm through.

Remove and serve with the rice, guacamole, coriander and sour cream. Optionally add some grated cheese on top.

Now, if you want to make it taste more coca cola ish, simmer down the 100ml of coca cola in a small frying pan gently over a medium flame whilst the main chili itself is simmering in the main pan. Do this until it is slightly thickened, it will be obviously quite sweet, so I would only recommend serving just a trickle of that over as it’s served in bowls with a little bit of pepper for contrast. This is just an idea as I type it as the recipe is actually amazing on it’s own, it’s more if you want the cola vibe to stand out – your call but it will make it sweeter.